Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said any player who âdisrespects the flagâ wonât play after Sundayâs loss to the Green Bay Packers, but NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath told FOX Business âit should have been handled early on.â
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âThatâs Mr. Jonesâ rule and I believe that the workplace, the football place, sportsman, the ownership, the coaches â Lou Holtz, the great Notre Dame coach, expressed it clearly: you can go ahead and protest every issue you think is worthy of it but not in here,â Namath told Stuart Varney on Varney & Co. Tuesday. âWe have a focus here, we have to do this together, we have to focus on something. Donât take this locker roomâ¦ this stage that we are performing on, working in, and using it for something that is outside.â
Namath said the public has lost sight of what the initial NFL protests were about.
âThere are millions upon millions of people paying more attentionâ¦ to the disrespect to the flag and to the country,â he said. âThere are people that arenât aware to the oppression, unless youâve walked in the black manâs shoes, you may not feel that.â
In his opinion, continuing to improve the general treatment of people is the best way to prevent protests from getting worse.
âRespect for one another, love for one another and the unjust treatments weâve seen in the past in some cases need to be corrected,â he said.